Convert An Abandoned Lot in Laurelton to A Community Garden

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The Laurelton Community Garden of Resilience is being proposed to create a community garden in place of an abandoned lot filled with overgrown weeds and garbage.

With the support and strategic planning in conjunction with local civic groups and non-profits in Laurelton we are proposing the implementation of a community garden in Laurelton by the LIRR Station located at 225th street and Prospect Ct.

According to Living Lots NYC the following site   has a short- term agreement. The following information was obtained from 596 Acres:

Queens block 13344, lot 32
Address: 17924 145 DRIVE, Queens, 11434

Area: 0.06 acres (2605 square feet)

Block and Lot: Queens, block 13344, lot 32

On the corner of 225th and Prospect CT, part of the land is being occupied and is fenced off   but the remaining property on the block appears abandoned and is being used as a dumping ground for garbage.

Community residents are proposing the opportunity to serve as one of the stewards of the land and develop a community garden that would provide the following benefits to the community:

1) STEM/STEAM based education opportunities that will be offered initially to the following institutions: Laurelton Academy, P.S 156, The Linden SDA School, P.S /I.S 270 and P.S 132. Each school will be provided a garden bed  to grow vegetables or flowers that will also help students gain a clear definitive vision of civic engagement by actively participating   in the maintenance of the space.  DIVAS for Social Justice provides programming to the schools and will ensure that it is followed through.

2) Farmers Market- If given the opportunity, community residents will propose to Green Thumb that the proposed site can serve as a Fresh Food Box site. We  will also reach out to City Harvest to identify local urban gardeners that can sell fresh produce and baked goods to residents.

3) Meditation /Exercise Path- The space can also serve as a space for all residents to meditate and exercise. If the  initial lot is cleared in addition to the garden beds, benches could be placed at the space and residents could walk there as well.

In order for the land to be transformed and be supported by the city, 10 community residents must agree that they want the land used in this capacity. The community would also need to ensure that the property is transferred to the Parks department so then the stewards of the land would be given resources to maintain the land through Greenthumb like garden beds, soil, and seeds.  Signing your electronic signature could make the difference and you would directly be improving the lives of Laurelton residents.